By Eden Laikin
Nearly 700 Nassau County residents have applied for financial assistance from the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund, since January, claiming they’re either uninsured or underinsured and cannot afford to rebuild or return to their storm-devastated homes.
The fund, created by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano to help primarily those not entitled to FEMA or flood insurance, has been flooded with applications for assistance yet has eceived relatively few private donations.
This week, Rev Kevin M. Smith who chairs the fund, will present the first financial awards – to five of those applicants – residents in Long Beach, Massapequa, Woodmere and Wantagh.
Meanwhile, County Executive Mangano urged that corporate citizens and those residents who can afford to, donate to the fund and help their neighbors still struggling in the aftermath of the Hurricane.
At last count, about 600 Nassau residents from the hardest hit areas were still living in motels, some whose FEMA assistance has run out.
In addition to working around the clock to pursue governmental aid for area residents, Mangano has also announced three upcoming fundraisers that will see 98% of the events proceeds go to the fund and directly benefit Nassau residents.
A fundraiser last week at Cheeburger Cheeburger in Airport Plaza, Farmingdale, raised $600 for the fund. Owner Tom Falcone had pledged 20% of ever check paid at the restaurant on Feb 21.
Next, Volcanoes restaurant in Oceanside will hold a similar event on March 10.
On March 14, a ceremony honoring Nassau’s ordinary women who’ve done extraordinary things will include a Chinese auction fundraiser to benefit the NHRF. More than 50 great prizes have already been donated by local merchants, and several area bakeries have agreed to provide complimentary signature desserts for the event. Admission is just $10. For tickets or information, call Kim Collins at 516-571-4044 or Eden Laikin at 516-571-6105.
And on June 8, Nassau County will present its own Sandy Relief Concert – Nassau helping Nassau – featuring various local bands donating performances. These bands include Strawberry Fields, the ultimate Beatles cover band and Mike DelGuidice of Big Shot, the number 1 Billy Joel cover band. Other performers interested in participating in the concert should call Eden Laikin.
Donations can be made to the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund, Inc. and sent to the Nassau County Police Department, Rm 216, 1490 Franklin Ave, Mineola, NY 11501.